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Jaws Swell Sends January Out With A Bang

The last two days of the month brought some very large surf to the North Shore of Maui. The swell started to rise significantly late in the morning of the 30th and continued to build throughout the day to heights well in excess of the 25 feet necessary for a high surf warning. This big surf meant Maui’s world famous big wave break came to life. I had the opportunity to head out to Haiku to watch the action at Jaws both on the late afternoon of the 30th and the morning of the 31st.

Each day had its own distinct personality. The afternoon of the 30th was a building swell with particularly big and hollow barrels. I arrived just as the wind was dying and was able to see the very tail end of the windsurfing action. The windsurfers were interspersed with a handful of tow surfers (surfers being pulled into the waves by Jet Skis). After the windsurfers packed up, it was just the tow surfers left in the lineup. I was able to watch Maui Real Estate Team Agent Martin Lenny’s son Kai catch a couple on his windsurfer before towing into a few nice waves. The beautiful late afternoon light was a striking contrast with the menacing looking surf. Here is a quick video showing some of the waves from Monday afternoon.

The surf peaked in size overnight and then started to come down on the morning on the 31st. While the surf was smaller, it was still substantial by the standards of mortal surfers. The composition of the wave riders had also changed. With lighter winds, the line up was dominated by surfers paddling into the waves with their own two hands. There was also one tow team surfing the left and legendary waterman Robbie Naish was out on a stand up paddle board. Here is some video I captured from yesterday morning.

I always enjoy the opportunity to head down the bumpy, old, dirt roads that lead you to the cliffs above Jaws. This wave is a sensory experience and a true spectacle of nature. While I can’t bring you the full sounds of the roaring surf or the smell of the salty mist generated by the waves, I hope these videos give you at least a taste of the visual feast that Jaws offers.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Kai Lenny at Jaws on January 4, 2012

Maui Real Estate Team agent Martin Lenny’s son Kai is one of the most accomplished young watermen in the world. He is the two time world champion for Stand Up Paddling, a world class distance Stand Up Paddler, a professional windsurfer, a world class kite surfer, a great surfer, tow surfer and big wave rider. Kai was a stand out performer during the big swell at Jaws last week. In the morning, he paddled into some great waves on his surf board. This was Kai’s first time paddling in (not on a SUP board) at Jaws and he caught some bombs.

In the afternoon, Kai rigged up his windsurf equipment and caught quite a few more good waves. He then traded in his windsurf gear for a kite board. After catching a few on his kite gear, he picked up the rope and was towed into some more big waves. Four sports in one day at Jaws is quite the feat of skill and endurance. Here are a few pictures of Kai on the big waves. The top two are picture we took from up on the cliff. The bottom two are pictures from other photographers that Martin sent to us.

Here is a link to a fantastic picture by Frank Berthout of Kai Lenny Windsurfing at Jaws. Great job Kai. You have bigger huevos than anyone in the office.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

More Jaws, Maui Paddle In Surfing Footage from January 4, 2012

Yesterday, I posted some pictures and video of the big paddle in session at Jaws on January 4th. Last night, I had the opportunity to sort through all of the video I shot from up on the cliffs. Here is a compilation of my best footage. While it is tough to replicate the energy and the action that you see from the cliffs, I hope it gives you a sense of the size of the waves, and the extraordinary challenge of catching these waves without the assist of a Jet Ski. Enjoy.

Pete Jalbert

Maui Real Estate Blog

Jaws, January 4, 2012

There was a high surf warning today on Maui’s North Shore. That means the infamous surf break Peahi or Jaws came to life. This break has been better known as a mecca for tow-in surfing. The wave was thought to break too fast for surfers to paddle into the big waves so Jet skis were used to tow surfers into the giant surf. Over the last couple of years, the perception that Jaws is too big and fast to paddle has changed. Today marked a shift as surfers were only paddling into Jaws for most of the morning. Jet Skis were only used to pull surfers out of the impact zone after wipe outs. They were put to good use as surfers were charging the big surf and paying the consequences. The speed of the wave combined with strong off shore winds made for a tough entry into the wave and some pretty spectacular wipe outs. Here is a video and some photos from today’s action.

For more pictures of today’s action, check out our Facebook page photo gallery for additional pictures.

Pete Jalbert